PGI panel report finds the rot within

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 30, 2014 12:22 IST

An internal inspection report prepared by an inspection committee at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh, has found that condition of general cleanliness and hygiene at public places at the hospital is ‘horrible’ and ‘pathetic’.

In its cleanliness campaign, on for a month now, HT has been highlighting the issue of poor sanitation in all major areas of the tricity.

Even the out-patient department (OPD) premise of the institute, the window to the outside world, ‘is shabby and not properly cleaned, the report, prepared by a committee headed by a professor of the internal medicine department, has pointed out.

Sources revealed the report includes photographs of filthy conditions inside the OPD, frequented by around 20,000 people on any working day. The report will be placed before the director to find out a solution regarding the general cleanliness situation at the block.

The report adds that a lot of packaging material was kept outside and inside the OPD and cleanliness in the cafeteria is described as ‘horrible’. The sitting area, drinking water cooler area and the kitchen see a lot of disposable material scattered on the floor and dustbins were overflowing with garbage.

The kitchen was found to be the dirtiest area, according to the report.

“The garbage was over flowing, most of it scattered on the floor from the dustbins in the kitchen. The sinks were chocked and dirty water could be seen flowing through them.”

There were also deficiencies in the way material was stored. The food handlers had dirty hair and nails and were wearing dirt clothes. The report noted that the Advanced Eye Centre and Advanced Cardiac Centre were much cleaner than the OPD.

PGI director Dr YK Chawla had launched a month’s Swachh Bharat Campaign at PGIMER on September 27 by cleaning the lawns in front of his office.Though the cleanliness on the campus has visibly improved, public toilets in all government hospitals in the city are still pathetic.

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